Nov. 14, 2011
Fri-Sun., Nov. 18-20 -- at Pittsburgh Invitational (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 1 p.m./1 p.m./Noon
Six divers from the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-5, 0-2 Big Ten) are in action this weekend, heading to the Pittsburgh Invitational, which will be held at Joe C. Trees Pool beginning on Friday (Nov. 18) in Pittsburgh, Pa.
For the one-meter and three-meter competitions, held on Friday and Saturday, preliminaries will begin at 1 p.m., with the finals beginning at 6 p.m. For platform on Sunday, preliminaries will begin at noon, with the finals at 1:30 p.m.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Nov. 18
1 p.m. - One-meter diving (Preliminaries)
6 p.m. - One-meter diving (Finals)
Saturday, Nov. 19
1 p.m. - Three-meter diving (Preliminaries)
6 p.m. - Three-meter diving (Finals)
Sunday, Nov. 20
Noon - Platform diving (Preliminaries)
1:30 p.m. - Platform diving (Finals)
Homecoming ... The Pittsburgh Invitational will be a homecoming for senior Amanda Lohman, who is a Steel City native. As a four-year letterwinner at Upper St. Clair High School, Lohman was a two-time AAA W.P.I.A.L champion, three-time All-American, and four-time state finalist.
Diving In ... Through four meets, Amanda Lohman holds team season bests for one-meter (303.45, on Nov. 5 vs. Florida/Stanford) and three-meter (297.15, on Oct. 8 at Minnesota). Along with Lohman, three others already have NCAA Zone C Qualifying scores, including Erin Bridgewater (289.80 on one-meter), Carey Chen (284.10 on one-meter) and Marina Nazario (294.60 on three-meter).
Last Time Out ... The Wolverines were off last week but ended a challenging portion of the season with a double-dual meet loss to Florida and Stanford at Canham Natatorium back on Nov. 5. The meet, which had two sessions in long-course meters and one session in short-course yards, saw some record-setting performances by two of Michigan's relays, but U-M fell to Florida (206-159) and Stanford (204-166).
[ Day One: Recap | Photo Gallery ] [ Day Two: Recap | Photo Gallery | Highlights ]
Ranked Again ... Michigan came in at No. 16 in the first CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Coaches Top 25 poll, released on Nov. 9. [ Poll ]
Setting Records ... Against Florida and Stanford on Nov. 4, the Wolverines set two program long-course records on relays. The 200-meter freestyle relay, consisting of Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw, Deirdre Jones, and Claudia Lau finished third, but its time of 1:47.29 shattered the 16-year-old program record, previously held by former Wolverines Rachel Gustin, Alegra Breaux, Elizabeth Jackson and Anne Malley (set in 1995).
Also, Mehesan, Dauw, Angela Chokran, and Ashley Cohagen set a new program and Canham Natatorium record in the 200-meter medley relay (1:56.94), beating the field by more than a full second. They broke the former record held by Elizabeth Jackson, Rachel Gustin, Talor Bendel and Megan Gillam (1:59.25), which was also set in 1995. Gustin, Bendel and Gillam were NCAA champions as part of Michigan's 400-yard medley relay team that season.
Impressive Race ... Freshman Claudia Lau opened some eyes with her performance in the 100-meter backstroke against Florida and Stanford on Nov. 4. Lau won the race, finishing with a time of 1:03.55, beating a talented field that included Florida's Sarah Bateman (a U.S. National Team member and U.S. Olympian), and Stanford's Felicia Lee (a U.S. National Team member) and Betsy Webb (a 14-time NCAA All-American).
Out In Front ... Caitlin Dauw is the team's top butterflier, holding season best times in the 100-yard butterfly (54.86) and 200-yard butterfly (2:01.82), while Alexa Mehesan is the team's top sprinter (23.01 in the 50-yard freestyle; 51.11 in the 100-yard freestyle). Both Dauw and Mehesan are on the team's four major relays (200 free, 400 free, 200 medley, 400 medley) and are undefeated in the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle, respectively, so far this season.
Making Strides ... Junior Ashley Cohagen, who is from Ann Arbor, has established herself as the team's primary backstroker, holding team-high times in the 100-yard (55.95) and 200-yard (1:59.64) races.
2011-12 Top Times/Scores
50-yard Freestyle: 23.01, Alexa Mehesan (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
100-yard Freestyle: 51.11, Alexa Mehesan (Nov. 5 vs. Florida/Stanford)
200-yard Freestyle: 1:50.93, Adrienne Bicek (Oct. 7 at Minnesota)
500-yard Freestyle: 4:52.66, Adrienne Bicek (Oct. 8 at Minnesota)
1,650-yard Freestyle: 17:09.59, Kally Fayhee (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
100-yard Butterfly: 54.86, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
200-yard Butterfly: 2:01.82, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
100-yard Backstroke: 55.95, Ashley Cohagen (Oct. 21 vs. Toledo)
200-yard Backstroke: 1:59.64, Ashley Cohagen (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:03.97, Angela Chokran (Oct. 21 vs. Toledo)
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:17.89, Angela Chokarn (Oct. 21 vs. Toledo)
200-yard IM: 2:06.13, Val Barthelemy (Oct. 7 at Minnesota)
400-yard IM: 4:22.65, Adrienne Bicek (Oct. 8 at Minnesota)
One-meter Diving: 303.45, Amanda Lohman (Nov. 5 vs. Florida/Stanford)
Three-meter Diving: 297.15, Amanda Lohman (Oct. 8 at Minnesota)
Platform Diving: N/A
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:34.60, Mehesan, Dauw, Jones, Lau (Oct. 8 at Minnesota)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:27.10, Mehesan, Dauw, Liz Johnson, Bicek (Oct. 7 at Minnesota)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: N/A
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:42.97, Cohagen, Andracki, Dauw, Mehesan (Oct. 7 at Minnesota)
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:44.96, Cohagen, Chokran, Dauw, Mehesan (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
Who's Back ... Michigan returns 24 letterwinners off last year's roster, including six NCAA All-America honorable mentions and three Big Ten champions. Highlighting the roster is a group of seven seniors, led by Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan and Amanda Lohman. Last season, Dauw was awarded with three NCAA All-America honorable mentions and two Big Ten Conference championships (100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle relay). Mehesan and junior Deirdre Jones return from that championship-winning relay team, while Lohman established herself as the team's top diver after qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season. Also back is sophomore Angela Chokran, who was an NCAA All-America honorable mention last season.
Fresh Faces ... Nine freshmen dot the roster this season: divers Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacret Heart Academy), Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary), and Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), and swimmers Kayla Douglas (Livonia, Mich./Franklin), Savannah Hatt (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson), Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School), Molly Schaefer (Orchard Lake, Mich./Marian), Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School), and Alisa Zoltowski (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette).
Familiar Foes ... The Wolverines will swim in 12 competitions this season and all but one of those opponents was on the schedule last season (the lone exception is Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 2, 2012).
Home Sweet Home Michigan is at home six times this season, facing Indiana twice (Oct. 28, Jan. 7), Toledo (Oct. 21), Texas (Oct. 28), Florida (Nov. 4-5), Stanford (Nov. 4-5), Northwester...n (Jan. 14), Notre Dame (Jan. 14), and Michigan State (Jan. 27). [ 2011-12 Schedule ]
A Long And Interesting Journey ... Head diving coach KZ Li has been around diving for more than 30 years but has found a permanent home in Ann Arbor. He recently sat down with Joanne Gerstner on MGoBlue.com to discuss his story. [ Feature ]
Help the Wolverines ... The Wolverines are heading to Fort Myers, Fla., for their annual semester break training trip, and they need your help. Support the program! Follow the link for more information. [ More Information ]
Fri-Sat., Dec. 2-3 -- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 6 p.m./9 a.m.
Fri-Sun., Dec. 2-4 -- at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa), 11 a.m./5 p.m. CST
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423